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War and the death of Achilles


This chapter explores the concept of the 'trace' and unwraps the different layers to the traces of the violences of war. The traces of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan are clearly evident in the links between the soldier so targeted and the depiction of the offenders as terrorists. The idea of the soldier as victim became increasingly common in the UK media reporting during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflict. The power of these traces of war is obvious, embodied poignantly during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in the military repatriations of the British war dead in the town of Royal Wootton Bassett. It is clear that the harms faced by modern soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq are far from hidden or invisible, which is evident from the newspaper reports documented and the public and political attention that Royal Wootton Bassett attracted.